KARA WALKER: CUT TO THE QUICK¬

FROM THE COLLECTIONS OF JORDAN D. SCHNITZER AND HIS FAMILY FOUNDATION

Kara Walker, Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated): Exodus of Confederates from Atlanta, edition 21/35, 2005. Offset lithography and silkscreen, 39 x 53 in. Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer. © Kara Walker

MARCH 9–JUNE 11, 2023

A leading artist of her generation, Kara Walker (b. 1969) works in a range of mediums, including prints, drawings, paintings, sculpture, film, and the large-scale silhouette cutouts for which she is perhaps most recognized. Her powerful and provocative images employ contradictions to critique the painful legacies of slavery, sexism, violence, imperialism, and other power structures, including those in the history and hierarchies of art and contemporary culture.

This exhibition offers a broad overview of her career through more than 80 works from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, premier collectors of works on paper in the United States. Some highlights of the exhibition are the complete Emancipation Approximation series and images from the Porgy & Bess series. Walker’s process involves extensive research in history, literature, art history, and popular culture. Intentionally unsentimental and ambiguous, the works can be disturbing while also utilizing satire and humor, always exploring the irreconcilable inconsistencies that mirror the human condition.

This exhibition originated at the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, Tenn., and was co-curated by former Frist Art Museum executive director and CEO Dr. Susan H. Edwards and poet Ciona Rouse. In addition to her curatorial responsibilities, Rouse composed original poems inspired by Walker’s works, which live inside the exhibition. At Virginia MOCA, Cut to the Quick will be guest curated by Rouse with Virginia MOCA Senior Curator Heather Hakimzadeh.

Please take care when viewing the artwork. We understand that the works on view are complex, challenging, and possibly triggering—so we invite you into the Hold Space Place in the gallery. The Hold Space Place designed by Get Well Soon is a quiet space for you to rest and reflect.

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ABOUT THE JORDAN SCHNITZER FAMILY FOUNDATION

At age 14, Jordan D. Schnitzer bought his first work of art from his mother’s Portland, Oregon contemporary art gallery, evolving into a lifelong avocation as a collector. He began collecting contemporary prints and multiples in earnest in 1988. Today, the collection has become one of the most important post-war and contemporary collections in all mediums, exceeding 20,000 objects and has grown to be the country’s largest private collection of prints and multiples. He generously lends work from his collection to qualified institutions with no additional fees. The Foundation has organized over 160 exhibitions and has had art exhibited at over 120 museums. Mr. Schnitzer is also President of Schnitzer Properties, a privately owned real estate investment company based in Portland.

The Foundation was established in 1997 as a non-profit organization to manage the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. The Foundation publishes scholarly brochures, exhibition catalogues, and catalogues raisonnés in conjunction with exhibitions drawn from the collections. The Foundation also funds museum outreach and programming—especially to lesser served communities—furthering the mission of letting artists speak to us, through their art, on important issues facing society.

For more information go to jordanschnitzer.org

PROGRAMMING ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR KARA WALKER: CUT TO THE QUICK

Zahra Ahmed, Founder, Get Well Soon

Paula L. Bazemore, Hampton Roads Program Manager, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities

Susan Cohen, Virginia MOCA Trustee

Michelle Ellis Young, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA South Hampton Roads

Lauren Francis, Associate Producer, With Good Reason, Virginia Humanities

Asa Jackson, Executive Director, Contemporary Arts Network

Latisha James, Executive Vice President External Affairs & Operations, Urban League of Hampton Roads

Dr. Vanessa D. Thaxton-Ward, Director, Hampton University Museum and Archives

Virginia Thornton, Founder, Get Well Soon

Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond, Founder & Chairman, Virginia African American Cultural Center

EXHIBITION GALLERY

Kara Walker, Boo-hoo (for Parkett no. 59), edition PP 5/6, 2000. Linocut, 40 x 20 1/2 in. Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, 2003.13. © Kara Walker

Kara Walker. An Unpeopled Land in Uncharted Waters: no world, edition 19/30, 2010. Etching with aquatint, sugar lift, spitbite, and drypoint, 27 x 39 in. Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, 2011.114a. © Kara Walker

Kara Walker.False Face, edition 1/10, 2017, bronze, 13 x 18 1/4 x 1 1/4 in., Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer, 2017.488, © Kara Walker

Kara Walker, Porgy & Bess: Porgy and Bess, embracing, 2013 Book with 16 black and white lithographs, 4 lithographs on mouldmade paper 12.5 x 9.75 inches, 108 numbered pages for the text, plus 16 leaves for the lithographs Edition 6 of 40. Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer. © Kara Walker

EVENTS

Coffee + Conversation with Lauren Francis

Thursday, March 30, 2023 | 11:00 AM

Join us for a casual conversation exploring current exhibitions, led by Virginia MOCA staff and guest lecturers.

This month we will be joined by Lauren Francis, associate producer, With Good Reason, who will discuss selected works of art from Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick.

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Coffee + Conversation with Dr. Khadijah Miller

Thursday, May 4, 2023 | 11:00 AM

Join us for a casual conversation exploring current exhibitions, led by Virginia MOCA staff and guest lecturers.

This month we will be joined by Dr. Khadijah O. Miller, professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and dean of Robert C. Nusbaum Honors College at Norfolk State University, who will discuss selected works of art from our current exhibition Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick.

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Instagram Live Chat: CIona Rouse

Wednesday, May 10, 2023 | 11:00 AM

Join Senior Curator Heather Hakimzadeh for a conversation with Ciona Rouse, poet and co-curator for Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick. Find us on Instagram @virginiamoca

Lecture: Valerie Cassel Oliver on Kara Walker

Thursday, May 11, 2023 | 6:30 PM

Valerie Cassel Oliver, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), will discuss Kara Walker, her work, and her impact on the world of contemporary art.

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Get Well Soon Workshops

March–June 2023

A workshop series curated by Get Well Soon, a self-care sanctuary in Norfolk, Virginia.

Sound Healing Session with Ursi
Sunday, March 12 at 5:00 PM   Relax as the healing frequencies of the alchemy crystal singing bowls bring the mind, body, and spirit back into harmony.

Guided Meditation with Ce'Ara
Saturday, April 8 at 9:30 AM
Connect with your breath in this beginner-friendly guided visualization meditation.

Drawing Meditation with Rylan   Sunday, May 14 at 11:00 AM
Guided drawing to calm the mind.

Beyoncé Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Rylan
Sunday, June 11 at 9:00 AM
A gentle vinyasa flow to a well-curated Beyoncé playlist. First time doing yoga? No problem. All levels are welcome!

Instagram Live Chat: Trudy Gaba

Wednesday, June 7, 2023 | 11:00 AM

Join Senior Curator Heather Hakimzadeh for a conversation with Trudy Gaba, the Cincinnati Art Museum co-curator for Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick.

Find us on Instagram @virginiamoca.